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On July 13, 2006, the Detroit International Bridge Company submitted a bridge permit application to the USCG for construction of a new companion bridge adjacent to the existing Ambassador Bridge between Detroit, MI and Windsor, ON, Canada. The new bridge will provide six lanes of travel, three in each direction. One lane in each direction will be dedicated to low-risk commercial traffic and the other lanes will be open to general automobile and commercial traffic. The existing bridge, which is approximately 80 years old, will be closed to general traffic and used in the event of an emergency that results in the new bridge becoming unavailable, as well as for official government vehicles, bridge company vehicles, and special occasions. A draft Environmental Assessment was issued by the USCG for this project in May 2007. Since May 2007, substantial coordination has taken place with other expert agencies including, but not limited to, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Highway Administration, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Transport Canada, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, representatives from the Michigan State Legislature, Michigan State Historic Preservation Office, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, and the Michigan Department of Transportation. As a result of this coordination, a Memorandum of Agreement pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act has been executed and a Final Environmental Assessment/Draft Finding of No Significant Impact has been prepared.
The meeting is being held at the request of Congressman John Dingell, Michigan's 15th District Representative, to update the public on the proposed project, the environmental document and the USCG bridge permitting process.
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